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Title:
The life and times of Ludwig van Beethoven
Author:
Zannos, Susan.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Bear, Del. : Mitchell Lane Publishers, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
48 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm.
Summary:
Discusses the life and career of the nineteenth-century Austrian composer.
Language:
English
Contents:
New pianist in town -- An unhappy childhood -- Conflict -- Escape in music -- Vienna's mad genius -- A final triumph.
ISBN:
9781584151906
Format :
Book

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During Beethoven's darkest times, when he stumbled about the streets of Vienna like a ragged madman, people thought his career was over. Many of his friends and patrons had died. He no longer seemed to be producing music except for a few trivial pieces. But appearances were wrong. He was creating what is generally regarded as his greatest single work. Known as the Ninth Symphony, it is much more difficult and massive than any of the preceeding eight. But Beethoven was aware that the people of Vienna thought he was crazy. He was afraid his symphony would be rejected. Making things even worse, there had only been time for two rehearsals. By this time he was totally deaf and could not hear how well the musicians performed. So on May 7, 1824, Beethoven conducted the Ninth Symphony for its premiere performance in Vienna. When the last notes of the magnificent final movement came to an end, Beethoven stood on the stage with his back to the audience. One of the singers gently turned him around so he could see the audience. The applause was thunderous. Everyone was standing and cheering. Nearly 180 years later, Beethoven's works are still enjoyed by music lovers all over the world. On January 12, 2003, the Ninth Symphony was added to the "Memory of the World" register so that the compositions of Vienna's "mad genius" will live on for eternity. Book jacket.


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Gr 4-6-These inviting biographies open with an attention-grabbing chapter that provides a glimpse of the composer's life. Bankston describes how the little-known Schubert idolized Beethoven and even attended his funeral. Zannos relates how Vienna adored the angry artistry of a young and passionate Beethoven. These introductions set the tone for each book, which then proceeds from childhood to fame (or lack of) and then death. Interesting sidebars cover related topics, such as Napoleon and French expansion, the origins of Viennese coffee houses, and political revolution (Schubert); the history of the piano, the Enlightenment, and chamber music (Beethoven). These solid, well-written texts place their subjects within historical time periods and explain important political and social events. Full-color reproductions of period artworks and bright borders in primary colors add to the appeal of these volumes.-Linda Beck, Indian Valley Public Library, Telford, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 New Pianist in Townp. 7
FYInfo: The Pianop. 13
Chapter 2 An Unhappy Childhoodp. 15
FYInfo: Mozartp. 21
Chapter 3 Conflictp. 23
FYInfo: The Enlightenmentp. 27
Chapter 4 Escape in Musicp. 29
FYInfo: Napoleonp. 33
Chapter 5 Vienna's Mad Geniusp. 35
FYInfo: Chamber Musicp. 39
Chapter 6 A Final Triumphp. 41
Selected Worksp. 44
Chronologyp. 44
Timeline in Historyp. 45
Further Readingp. 46
Works Consultedp. 46
Glossaryp. 47
Indexp. 48